Party Alliances Shift Ahead of Voter Registration Deadline

Voting-boothVoters are preparing for the April 26th primary election.

According to Marc Levy of the Associated Press, 245,000 of the commonwealth’s 8.3 million voters (3%) changed parties this year.

About half moved to the Republican party and a third switched to become Democrats. This would suggest Pennsylvanians are more motivated, for whatever reason, to vote in the GOP Presidential primary.

At the same time, Democrats attracted more third party and unaffiliated voters than the Republicans (52,200 to 42,600). The Dems have also signed up 70,000 new voters while the GOP got 55,500.

Overall, Democrats have just over 4 million registered voters in Pennsylvania while Republicans have 3.1 million.

March 31st, 2016 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories | 13 Comments

13 thoughts on “Party Alliances Shift Ahead of Voter Registration Deadline”

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  8. Reasonable Rep says:

    I would add that, because those 54 delegates are unbound, a presidential candidate won’t be indicated next to their names on the ballot (as was the case in Illinois).

    Hilariously, Trump actually lost some delegates in Illinois because in a given congressional district, his voters would vote for two of the Trump delegates but not for the third if he had a foreign sounding name.

  9. Reasonable Rep says:

    Copied and pasted:

    54 of the Commonwealth’s 71 delegates to the Republican National Convention will be directly elected (their names appear on the ballot) in a LOOPHOLE type primary, in which delegates are elected separately from a presidential preference. Each of the 18 Congressional District is allocated 3 delegates (54 = 18 districts Ă— 3 delegates/district). Rule 8.4 of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania’s Rules states that all delegates elected by Congressional District “…shall run at large within the Districts and shall not be officially committed to any particular candidate on the ballot.”

    17 (10 base at-large delegates plus 4 bonus delegates plus 3 RNC delegates) of the Commonwealth’s 71 delegates to the Republican National Convention delegates are bound for the 1st ballot to the candidate who receives the most votes in the Pennsylvania Presidential Primary. The delegates are released if the candidate withdraws, suspends, or terminates his/her campaign or publicly releases his/her delegates. [Rule 8.3]

  10. David Diano says:

    Reasonable Rep-

    Are you sure? The R’s don’t have super-delegates and I think most of their delegates are bound (but only for the first ballot, after that, it’s the wild, wild west).

  11. Reasonable Rep says:

    While both of you are probably right, it’s important to remember that the vast majority of GOP delegates are officially unbound and elected by congressional district.

    To the extent that Trump was even organized enough to have supporters file to run as delegates, there is no way that Trump voters will consistently vote for the “right” delegates.

  12. David Diano says:


    A lot of Dems want to screw the GOP by voting for Trump to be their nominee.

  13. jjcnpa says:

    I believe a significant number going from Dem to GOP are in southwest PA whch bodes well for Trump. These are voters for have been Dem in name only for some time now.

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